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  • Title: Family Forward Oregon | Smart Policies for Today's Families
    Descriptive info: .. Smart Policies for Today s Families.. contact us.. Who We Are.. Our Mission.. Our Story.. Our Staff.. Our Board.. Contact Us!.. What We Do.. Our Newsletter.. 2013 Legislative Agenda.. Affordable Childcare.. Caring Economy.. Domestic Worker Rights.. Pay Equity for Women.. Paid Sick Days.. Paid Family Leave.. Retirement Security for Women.. Workplace Flexibility.. Photo Gallery | FFO @ Work.. For Parents.. Parent Resources.. Get Involved!.. On Our Book Shelf.. Parent Events.. 2013 Film + Discussion Series.. Tell Your Story.. Changemakers.. For Employers.. Get Recognized.. Workplace Flexibility Awards.. Family Forward Leadership Award.. 2012 Sloan Winners.. Employer Resources.. Employer Events.. News.. Give.. What Happened in Salem? Our 2013 Legislative Update.. Modern Dads Need Modern Policies.. Statewide Sick Time: Next Steps.. Childcare Not Affordable in Oregon.. Who CAN afford unpaid leave?.. Photo Gallery | Mother s Day of Action.. Our 2013 Legislative Priorities.. Our 2013 Film Series.. Recommended Read | Summer 2013.. August 6, 2013.. Oregon s 2013 state legislative session recently ended after a busy five months.. We focused on four issues during the session that fit our vision of a family-forward Oregon: Paid sick days, Equal pay for Equal work, Retirement security, and Domestic workers rights.. We know you want progress in these areas (and others!) as much as we do, so.. we are writing today with a legislative progress report.. We accomplished a lot with our elected and non-profit partners in Oregon s 2013 legislative session: two of our priority bills passed (pay equity and retirement security studies), and two made significant headway in what is  ...   retaliation for workers who make a request.. The state of Vermont just passed the first state law of this kind in the U.. S.. Not surprisingly workers in several other countries have long enjoyed this right.. 1.. 2.. 22.. Next.. Events.. Sorry, no upcoming events!.. Join the Family!.. We are parents, employers, caregivers, and activists who are working together to create workplace and public policies that work for families.. First Name.. *.. Last Name.. Email.. Zip/Postal Code.. Get Involved.. Give Today.. Photos | FFO @ Work.. Check out.. all of the parents, employers and policy-makers who are creating the kind of change needed in today's economy, for today's families.. On May 8, 2013 a group of Oregon mothers and others! gathered in our state capitol in Salem to deliver flowers and Mother s day cards to all 90 of our state legislators and the Governor.. Why? Because that s what we get every year on Mother s Day yet we need far more than flowers to survive and thrive as mothers (click here to see an online version of the card we delivered and here for a fact sheet that spells out what moms need and why we need it).. Here are some great pics of our first (and very floral) Mother s Day of Action:.. What's.. Your.. Story?.. Have you struggled with a lack of flexibility at work or a lack of affordable, quality child care?.. Family Forward Oregon PO Box 15146 Portland, OR 97293 503.. 928.. 6789 info@familyforwardoregon.. org.. Copyright © 2011 Family Forward Oregon..

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  • Title: Who We Are | Family Forward Oregon
    Descriptive info: We are parents, employers, caregivers, and activists that believe that our current economy can and must do more to support working families.. We need paid sick days, paid family leave, workplace flexibility, and quality and affordable child care, and more.. These policies are good for families, good for business, and good for Oregon.. From Germany to Australia to Japan, countries around the world are adopting public and workplace policies that work in today s economy for today s families.. Whether it’s 16-month long maternity leave in Sweden or paid sick days in Japan, family-forward policies make economies more competitive not less.. The result is a more resilient, stable, and healthy workforce.. The United States needs to catch up with the rest of the industrialized world, and Oregon can show how.. As a grassroots organization, we mobilize parents to advocate for bold, universal policies that benefit ALL families.. No matter how your family is configured, what type of work you do, or how much money you make, we know that we are all in this together.. Every Oregon family deserves the protections and care that lead to a shared prosperous future.. Family Forward Oregon believes that change is possible and is leading this movement forward.. We work through three  ...   of mothers.. Join our family and help re-imagine how work can work better for families.. Our Vision.. We believe that caring for children, aging populations, and others in need, is a fundamental principle of a civilized and equitable society.. We believe that the work of caring for loved ones is critical to our social and economic health and should not jeopardize anyone’s job or long-term security.. We want statewide policies that value each individual’s choice to care for their family.. We envision an Oregon where:.. Parents can choose to care for their children and keep their job.. The disabled and aging can get the care they need when they need it most.. Our children are healthy, well-cared for, and thriving.. Workers get guaranteed time off to recover when they’re sick.. Businesses offer modern workplace standards that improve worker productivity and health.. All families, regardless of their configuration, are treated equally.. Mothers and family caregivers are just as financially stable as others.. To get there, we want family-forward policies like paid family leave, mandatory paid sick days, state disability insurance, workplace flexibility, affordable child care, protection from discrimination for family caregiving responsibilities, job protection under state family leave laws, and more.. Learn more about what we do to get there..

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  • Title: Our Mission | Family Forward Oregon
    Descriptive info: We have a vision for Oregon and we are working hard to make it real.. So that all Oregon families can be economically secure and have the time it takes to care for a family.. The mission statements below explain how each of our three organizations help us move closer to our vision:.. Family Forward Oregon.. engages parents,  ...   Family Forward Education Fund.. provides the tools and resources that Oregonians need to build innovative, forward-thinking approaches to work and family.. The Mother PAC.. endorses and supports pro-family candidates for public office in Oregon and builds a political voice for mothers.. Why three organizations? Simple: They each contribute a key piece of our strategy to create a family-forward Oregon..

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  • Title: Our Staff | Family Forward Oregon
    Descriptive info: Sharon Bernstein.. is co-founder and deputy director of Family Forward Oregon.. She leads our education and workplace programs and manages our finances.. Sharon s experience as a parent has solidified her understanding that we can t make social change through individual decisions alone we must work together as a movement.. Her passion for social justice drives her work.. Sharon is the mother of two young boys ages 4 and 7.. Beth Cooke.. is Family Forward Oregon s Government Affairs Director.. She has worked on legislative issues since 2007 ranging from workplace policies to education and economic development.. An Oregon native, she earned her master’s degree in Public Administration at Portland State University and a BA in Political Science at Oregon State University.. Her background includes more than a dozen years working in marketing and higher education, as both a program director and business industry liaison.. A longtime volunteer, she joined our staff in late 2011.. She is the mother of three children ages 9, 6, and 4.. Lisa Frack.. is Family Forward Oregon s Communications Director and co-founder.. of The Mother PAC, our affiliated political action committee.. Lisa joined forces with the local blog urbanMamas in 2007 to create a parent-activism blog called Activistas.. She believes profoundly in the need to modernize workplaces and state and federal policies to work for today s families.. Armed with a masters degree in public policy and two kids, Lisa tackled these issues online and found a community of Portland mothers willing to work together for workplace and public policies that better support today s families.. She previously worked as an online organizer and social media manager for the Environmental Working Group tackling environmental health policy reform.. Julie Harrison.. is  ...   Economics and has been a researcher and a lobbyist.. A native Oregonian, she is interested in using her understanding of national and international policy to frame the work we do in our state to make positive change for families.. Danielle Nichols.. is the Administration Manager for Family Forward Oregon.. Danielle began her work in 2011 as a volunteer, leading a reading action group with local parents from her son s school.. She comes from a writing background a BA in Creative Writing and over 10 years of legal and administrative experience.. She recently declined admission to law school to find a more workable solution to work-life balance for her family, joining FFO to help do the same for other Portland parents.. Danielle is mom to three boys, ages 9, 6, and 3.. Andrea Paluso.. is co-founder and executive director of Family Forward Oregon, the Family Forward Education Fund and The Mother PAC.. Andrea is a social worker turned community activist and fervent policy wonk.. She has worked in public education, community health clinics, and in international development.. She has master’s degrees from Columbia University in social work and public health and a work history in public policy and nonprofit program management.. Andrea hopes that our work will inspire and help parents, employers and policy-makers to create the kinds of policies that.. work.. for today’s families.. Andrea is the mother of two kids, ages 5 and 7.. Photo Gallery | Paid Sick Days for Portland.. On March 13, 2013, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to allow all people working in Portland to earn sick time while they work (effective January, 2014).. Here are some of the many, many people who made this step forward a reality..

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  • Title: Our Board | Family Forward Oregon
    Descriptive info: Holly Brunk.. is Family Forward Oregon s Board President.. With 8 years of experience in sustainable business development and 12 years of social services management (and a Masters degree in Learning and Organizational Change on the way) Holly has enjoyed working to engage organizations in strategic sustainability practices through social, economic and environmental perspectives.. She currently works for Ecova, providing Awareness and Training services to Fortune 500 companies who are actively reducing carbon emissions and reliance on energy and natural resources.. She also founded and developed a local, family owned business called Entermodal.. Holly likes to think big and back up the high level goals with tangible and strategic action.. Holly is the mother of two boys and the wife of an amazing father and husband who bends over backward to help maintain a semblance of work/life balance in their home.. Nancy Davis.. is Family Forward Oregon s Board Treasurer.. She has served on the board of directors for family-focused organizations as varied as the Children s Relief Nursery, Childpeace Montessori, YWCA of Greater Portland and Zimmerman Community Center.. Nancy worked in recruiting and workforce development for more than a dozen years before transitioning to nonprofit work.. This change has allowed her to create work that links her passion for families, children and strong communities.. Barbara Dudley.. is a lawyer turned activist and teacher; a mother and a grandmother.. She worked with the Alliance for Displaced Homemakers and wrote the first Displaced Homemakers Legislation in 1974; she represented farmworkers through California Rural Legal Assistance and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.. She has been President and Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild and Executive Director of a New York based Unitarian Universalist charitable foundation.. From 1992 to 1997 Barbara was the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA and in 1998 was appointed Assistant Director for  ...   the Pacific Northwest for the past 12 years, doing research, evaluation and program development in the public health field, always focused on the intersection between public health and social justice.. She currently coordinates the Health Promotion Change Process at Multnomah County, an internal initiative focused on grounding the work of the county s health department in empowerment and health equity.. Since her transition to motherhood in early 2010, Rujuta has become more keenly aware of and passionate about the importance of assuring that.. all.. parents and caregivers have the support they need to maintain healthy families.. Dr.. Mary King.. is a labor economist on the faculty of the Economics Department at Portland State University, where her teaching and research focus on the economic experience of women and members of ethnic minorities.. She has a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley, and lives in Portland, Oregon with her family.. Juan Carlos Ordóñez.. is a father and serves as the Oregon Center for Public Policy s Communications Director.. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he practiced commercial litigation in New York City for six years.. He left the practice of law and returned to his native Guatemala, where he worked as a freelance journalist and supported numerous civic projects, many of which focused on the sustainable development of indigenous communities.. Kim M.. Williams.. is a political scientist and Academic Director of the Center for Women, Politics Policy at the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.. Before joining the faculty at Portland State in 2011, she taught at the Harvard Kennedy School (2000-2010).. Her research and teaching focus on immigration and race in American politics.. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Government from Cornell University.. Kim and her husband, Mingus, are the parents of two adorable young sons: Langston and Coltrane..

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  • Title: Contact Us! | Family Forward Oregon
    Descriptive info: Mail, email or call us!.. PO Box 15146.. Portland, OR 97293.. Phone: 503.. 6789.. info@familyforwardoregon.. For a list of staff members and their contact information,.. click here.. For the media:.. Reporters on deadline, please contact:.. Executive Director.. andrea@familyforwardoregon.. -or-.. Lisa Frack.. Communications Director.. lisa@familyforwardoregon..

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  • Title: Our Newsletter | Family Forward Oregon
    Descriptive info: RSS feed for this section.. Our Newsletter | June 2013.. May has been another action-packed month at Family Forward Oregon.. If you weren t able to join us in Salem for our first Mother s Day of Action on the 8th, we hope you ll take a moment to check out.. our online photo album.. We had a great group of folks deliver a flower and a Mother s Day card to all 90 state  ...   the annual flower card, thanks!.. Our Newsletter | April 2013.. So much is happening at Family Forward Oregon and across the United States when it comes to creating the change we seek in our country around work, family, and caregiving.. This month we highlight for you what we think is most interesting and important in our work right now.. We hope that you enjoy it, share it, and RSVP for one of our great May events!..

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  • Title: 2013 Legislative Agenda | Family Forward Oregon
    Descriptive info: Oregon State Capitol, Salem.. Family Forward Oregon is working hard on several issues during the 2013 session that will move us closer to the family-friendly economy that today’s Oregon families need to thrive.. How we decide to focus our efforts in any given year depends on a number of factors, mainly: our short- and long-term goals for making Oregon a great place to be a family, our internal and grassroots capacity, the political climate, and a pinch of carpe diem when an opportunity that matches our values and furthers our goals presents itself.. The.. four main issues.. we are tackling right now are:.. Earned Sick Time for all Working Oregonians.. The Portland City Council recently took a step toward a healthier, more family-friendly and more sustainable economy when they unanimously passed an earned sick time ordinance that allows all workers in the city to earn sick time.. The new policy will take effect in January, 2014 and will make it possible for about 260,000 people who work in the city to earn sick time while they work.. But the fact remains that there are still more than 340,000 people working in other parts of the state who don’t earn sick time while they work.. And we aim to fix that.. What’s proposed?.. HB 3390 would allow all Oregon workers to earn sick time while they work.. Learn more and get involved at.. EverybodyBenefitsOregon.. and on.. Facebook.. and.. Twitter.. , too!.. Important Dates:.. The first public hearing for this bill is this Wednesday, April 3.. rd.. at 8 AM in the state capitol.. RSVP here to join us.. Sometimes just being there is important – and this is one of those times.. Retirement Security for all Oregonians.. Today, nearly half of Oregonians between the ages of 25 and 64 are not covered by a retirement plan at work – meaning their workplaces do not provide either a matched or unmatched automatic savings program for them to opt into.. Women, people of color, and employees of small businesses are more likely to lack access to such programs and therefore are more likely less financially secure in retirement.. In fact, a woman’s total retirement assets, both in and out of the workplace, average less than 70 percent of a man’s comparable savings.. In Oregon alone, eight in ten of the poorest quartile of retirees are women.. Women rely more on Social Security benefits to keep them out of poverty because they live longer, earn less, and are less likely to have a pension and other supplemental retirement income than men.. But those benefits alone are rarely enough to avoid poverty.. And women who’ve taken time out of the workforce to care for kids aren’t earning Social Security during those periods – reducing their overall benefit.. What’s Proposed?.. Family Forward Oregon is a leading member of the.. Oregon Retirement Security Coalition.. , working together with AARP, SEIU,.. The Urban League.. , the.. Main Street Alliance of Oregon.. , and many others.. Together, we are working to pass House Bill 3436 (sponsored by Representatives Jules Bailey and Vicki Berger), which would create the.. Oregon Retirement.. Savings Investment Board.. This board would develop a proposal to be delivered during the 2015 legislative session for an Oregon Secure Retirement Plan — a public retirement savings option which would be available to all working Oregonians on a voluntary basis.. The bill requires that  ...   25.. in the Oregon House Business and Labor Committee and was passed on the House floor on May 7th by a 32-28 vote.. Read about the vote in The Oregonian.. 4.. Equal Pay for Equal Work.. Earning a living wage is essential for women to be financially independent and provide for their families.. When mothers are financially stable, children and families are, too.. And right now, there are too many Oregon women and children living in poverty.. Statewide about 44% of single mother-headed households (with children under 18) are living at or below the federal poverty line.. This is true for more than 6 out of every 10 single mother-headed households with kids under 5 years of age – the time when conflicts between work and family are typically most severe.. Women in the U.. earn just 77-cents to every dollar a man earns, a financial loss that compounds over a lifetime and often leaves women in our state and the families that depend on them without the money they need for basic goods and services.. Mothers and women of color fare even worse than women at large.. Mothers, generally, earn 73-cents and single mothers just 66-cents for every dollar men earn.. For women of color, the gap is even worse.. African American women are paid 62-cents and Latinas are paid just 54-cents for every dollar paid to men, which means they – and the families that depend on them lose $19,575 and $23,873, respectively, in critical income each year.. And these gaps exist regardless of industry, education or personal choices.. What’s proposed?.. Senate Bill 744 would require the.. Oregon Council on Civil Rights.. to conduct a study on wage equality in Oregon.. The resulting report would make concrete, state-specific recommendations for needed changes to policy-makers and would provide a clear understanding of the barriers to wage equality in our state.. With that information, we can identify a path forward toward wage equality in Oregon.. It’s time!.. The first hearing on SB 744, sponsored by Senator Chris Edwards, will be Wednesday, April 3.. in the Oregon Senate General Government, Consumer and Small Business Protection Committee at 3 pm.. Also, April 9th is Equal Pay Day, the day this year on which women have caught up to their male counterparts 2012 earnings over a quarter of the way into the.. next.. year.. There is a hearing scheduled in the House of Representatives Business Labor Committee on Monday, May 13th from 9 to 11 am.. What else are we doing?.. We’re also a part of coalitions working to protect vital programs for families, including:.. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.. (TANF),.. Employment Related Day Care.. (ERDC), and.. Earned Income Tax Credit.. (EITC).. What can you do to help? Share your experiences.. If you have personal experience with any of these issues, we want to hear about it! Our work is far more effective when we can share Oregonians’ personal experiences with the elected officials who will decide the fate of each of these important bills.. That’s why we created a handy way for you to share your experiences with us directly.. just click here to jot yours down.. – or contact us directly if you’d rather share it via email (.. sharon@familyforwardoregon.. ), phone (503.. 6789), or in person.. And please, share the link with your friends and family too.. The bigger our reach, the bigger our impact..

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  • Title: Affordable Childcare | Family Forward Oregon
    Descriptive info: It s no secret that childcare is expensive and unaffordable for too many Americans.. A 2013 report from the Oregon Child Care Research Partnership at Oregon State University.. recently drove the point home with these two jaw-dropping facts:.. Costs More than College.. Childcare can cost nearly twice as much as college tuition at Oregon s public universities (but without the 18 or so years to save up!): Median toddler care = $11,064 v.. $6,679 average annual college tuition.. Costs Up, Wages Down.. Child care prices in Oregon increased 13% from 2004 to 2012 while household incomes declined 9% (15% for single mothers).. At the same time, people who work in childcare earn low wages and often receive inadequate benefits.. Safety and quality is also an issue, with many children in care situations that fail to appropriately educate and protect them.. This April 2013 cover story in The Nation magazine.. lays out the way quality, affordability, and the need for parents to leave their children somewhere while they work intersect through a tragedy in Texas.. We look forward to a BIG conversation about childcare affordability in Oregon and how we can create a real childcare.. system.. that enables workers to earn a living wage, children to be safe and educated, and parents to afford quality care while they work.. Thankfully there are several programs in place that work well: Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) is one of them.. What is the Employment Related Day Care Program (aka ERDC)?.. ERDC is a  ...   that work becomes possible, and 2) by freeing up wages to pay for other essentials like rent and food.. For minimum-wage earners childcare frequently takes 60% of their take-home pay.. Another important benefit is that parents are able to pursue better, more stable child-care arrangements.. How many families access the program?.. Approximately 8,500 families are enrolled in the ERDC program of an estimated eligible 12,000.. The 8,500 was set by the 2012 state legislature, which cut ERDC funds below the 10,000 families recommended by the.. Save ERDC Coalition.. We think the program should be adequately funded to serve all eligible Oregon families.. What happens when childcare subsidy funding is cut?.. When the state cuts subsidy funds (as the legislature did in 2012), families and child care providers (owners and employees) who service subsidized clients are directly affected.. Families are less likely to work (because they must provide care for their children) and more likely to struggle with short- and long-term self sufficiency,.. Children are less likely to be in quality, stable care (which has been shown to hinder their long-term success), and.. Child care providers are more likely to struggle financially or close when they lose subsidized clients.. How is the program funded?.. Oregon s ERDC program is funded through the federal Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) and a required state match.. Learn more about ERDC:.. State of Oregon ERDC Program.. University of Oregon 2009 Research Report.. Children First for Oregon s 2013 ERDC Policy Brief.. News from FFO | 2013..

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  • Title: Caring Economy | Family Forward Oregon
    Descriptive info: The paid and unpaid work of caring for people – young, old, and everywhere in between is vital to the health of our overall economy.. The work of caring for people within families is still usually done by women, and is not paid or widely supported by workplace culture or public policies – though it has great value to the people receiving the care, the community, and our economy.. As more women have entered the workforce in the last 50 years, more care is being provided within the formal, paid economy – though generally for low wages and minimal benefits.. And the people who work as paid caregivers in child care, home care, nursing homes, early education, and health care are also caring without pay for their own families, who are often getting by on very low incomes and without access to basic supports like the minimum wage or paid time off.. This means that those who need care (children, the elderly, the sick and disabled) and those who provide care (mothers, child care workers, home care workers) have high rates of economic insecurity and poverty.. Our current economy depends on these caregivers, but does not value them or their contribution with adequate compensation or support.. WHAT IS A CARING ECONOMY?.. Caring economies support the paid and unpaid work of caring for people of all ages and recognizes the significant value of this work to our broader economy.. Without both paid and unpaid care work, our economy would come to a standstill.. These examples that show how support for caregiving encourages economic stability:.. A business manager whose elderly mother needs care can go to work if he has access to in-home care services and if he has the flexibility and time off to provide additional care as needed.. A teacher can keep her job if she can access and afford quality child care for her own children.. A salesperson can help her parents age in place if she has the time and flexibility she needs  ...   no one ever took care of children or attended our elders.. How would they stay safe and healthy, or learn and grow? In a caring economy, families would be able to provide appropriate care without jeopardizing their paid employment or economic security.. THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF A CARING ECONOMY:.. Excellent, affordable child-care and universal early education.. Elder care with dignity.. Living wages, appropriate benefits and professional training for workers in child care, early education, home care, and nursing homes.. Paid family leave and paid sick time that can be used for one’s own and others’ health.. Secure retirement for all workers, including those who take time out of the workforce in order to provide family care (e.. g.. , stay-at-home parents).. Workplace flexibility that allows workers to successfully combine work and family.. It will take time to achieve these broad changes, but ultimately we will build a new work/family/care paradigm that works for all caregivers and stregthens our broader economy.. LEARN MORE:.. Download our Caring Economy fact sheet.. Caring Economy Campaign: http://www.. caringeconomy.. org/.. HOW CAN YOU HELP?.. You can help build a caring economy and let others know how it works too.. Here’s how:.. Be a caring employer or boss.. Whether you employ a nanny or run an office of 50 (or both), review your HR policies and be sure they include time and respect for care work.. Support businesses that support their employees.. in a caring workplace; and if you can’t tell ask!.. Talk to your elected officials.. about the care issues that affect you and your family.. Many of our elected officials do not understand the day-to-day challenges of people who are balancing paid work and family care or the financial insecurity many caregivers face.. They need to hear from you!.. Tell your stories.. Talking and sharing our own stories of managing paid work and family caregiving is a powerful way to keep a spotlight on the importance of caregiving and let others know it’s a community-wide problem, not just a personal one..

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  • Title: Domestic Worker Rights | Family Forward Oregon
    Descriptive info: We re working to extend basic labor protections to domestic workers in Oregon.. Domestic workers in Oregon work without some of our most basic labor protections because they re excluded from the labor laws.. It s time to correct that omission by extending some basic worker s rights to the almost 10,000 domestic workers in Oregon, 95% of whom are women.. Who are Domestic Workers?.. Domestic workers are the people who care for some of the most vulnerable in our society, so that others may go out and work.. They are nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers for older and disabled people.. In Oregon, there are approximately 9,700 domestic workers working in other people’s homes.. [1].. – 95% of whom are women.. They do a job – providing care for our family members that requires complex skills and a great deal of compassion, but their work is profoundly undervalued in our culture.. Domestic workers do not receive some of the most basic protections provided by our labor laws.. What do domestic workers actually experience?.. A recent study from the.. National Domestic Workers Alliance.. (NDWA) revealed that 35% of domestic workers report having worked long hours without breaks in the previous 12 months.. [2].. In addition, 25% of live-in workers reported that work responsibilities prevented them from getting five hours of uninterrupted sleep at night.. [3].. Many experience cultural and financial barriers to speaking out against abuse and fear that if they do they might be fired, have their immigration status threatened, or experience.. further abuse or intimidation.. These women often lack basic freedoms in their workplace (which is someone else’s home), like the ability to come and go freely from their place of employment, eat their own food, or to use their scheduled time off without having extra work.. Many domestic workers have families of their own and may be unable to see them for long periods or to provide them with the same care they are giving to their employer’s families.. Working in someone else’s home is by definition an intimate experience, and domestic workers straddle the line between the private and the public domain.. Their workplace is often unseen and they can be isolated from their families and other workers.. Their work is not measured in our GDP, but is some of the most valuable work that can be provided.. After all, they make sure our family members and homes are safe and well cared for.. It is passed time to see domestic workers for what they are: the invaluable contributors to the shifting balance between work and family; they make other work possible.. What can we do now to extend labor laws to domestic workers?.. House Bill 2672 (Sponsored  ...   Historically, domestic workers in the U.. were slaves, forced to work in the homes of their masters under grueling conditions.. Though slavery was officially abolished in 1865, a long series of political compromises were made to appease white employers in the South who wanted to maintain the cheap supply of domestic labor provided by African Americans for generations.. [4].. Over 70 years later, in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act created the basic labor standards most workers enjoy today.. The desire to maintain the use of cheap labor and a lack of value for “women’s work,” domestic workers were specifically carved out of that legislation and continue to be excluded from many of the critical protections that the Fair Labor Standards Act provides – including overtime protections, rest breaks, a minimum wage, and much more.. What that means in practice is most domestic workers in Oregon are hired without the safety net of a work contract, instead relying on verbal agreements with their employers.. Because of the nature of the work, many employers may not even think of themselves as employers, instead seeing their domestic help as a de facto ‘family member’ and they may not understand the need to provide a healthy working environment one that allows employees to get the appropriate amount of rest, to be paid overtime, and to work in a safe workplace free of intimidation or sexual harassment.. [5].. Unless we correct the intentional omission of domestic workers in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, these working Oregonians will continue to work with no labor protections at all.. It’s clear that after 75 years, Oregon’s domestic workers should experience the same fair treatment at work that every other working Oregonian is entitled to.. Download our fact sheet on domestic workers here.. (created by the Family Forward Education Fund).. Data Center, data taken from the American Community Survey 2005-2009, provided to Family Forward Oregon by Jay Donahue on March 8, 2013.. Burnham, Linda and Nik Theodore.. ‘Home Economics: The invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work.. The National Domestic Workers Alliance.. New York, NY.. 2012.. http://www.. domesticworkers.. org/homeeconomics/.. Ibid.. Andolan Organizing South Asian workers, CASA of Maryland, Domestic Workers United, Global Rights, University of North Carolina School of Law Human Rights Policy Clinic, Stefani Bonato, McKenna Coll, and Eric Tars.. 2010.. Domestic Workers’ Rights in the United States: A Report Prepared for the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Response to the Second and Third Periodic Report of the United States.. Washington, DC: Global Rights.. law.. unc.. edu/documents/clinicalprograms/domesticworkersreport.. pdf (accessed March 20, 2013).. Appelbaum, Laura D.. Why a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights?.. UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.. December 2010.. org/sites/default/files/pdfs/ucla_report_cabor.. pdf..

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